Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Old Fashioned Elegance and Hospitality in Houston

By Carol & Joe Davis
Dining Detectives

A recent business trip brought me to Houston where I had only one night to dine on my own. I asked a friend who travels constantly and is very knowledgeable about restaurants where I should dine in Houston? He quickly said you MUST go to Pappas Bros. which is a Classic Steakhouse that has been open for over 60 years serving excellent steaks. I opted to sit at the counter, even though I was offered a table. When dining solo it is always appreciated that there is counter seating, especially when the exhibition kitchen is right in front of you and there is a TV for watching sports. After perusing the extensive wine list, I chose a robust 2005 Amizetta Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as I knew there would be a Prime USDA Dry Aged Ribeye on the way.

Pappas Bros. prides itself on making sure that your steak is cooked to your satisfaction. The server initially explained to me the difference between rare, medium rare and medium. On receiving my steak, I was asked to cut it down the center to make sure it was cooked medium rare (warm red center) which it was as ordered. I was told that they always cook steaks slightly under to accommodate those that really want it rarer or those that need to have it thrown back on the grill for another minute. My medium rare 16 oz. Ribeye was seasoned with kosher salt, pepper and butter and tasted fantastic! The side of Roasted Wild Mushrooms in glazed sherry veal stock which was cooked for four hours was the perfect delicious accompaniment.

I was in heaven with my steak, mushrooms, wine, the gracious service all while watching the Celtics win their NBA playoff game on the TV. While chatting over the counter with Chef Corby Wimp and Manager Pete Contaldi, I could sense their pride at being part of this Houston institution. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse graciously serves great food to satisfied customers and now I agree that it is a MUST dining destination when you are in Houston!

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
5839 Westheimer (at Bering)
Houston, TX 77057



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